Heat transfer machine is a machine that is using heat and pressure in order to transfer an image/artwork onto an imprintable object such as  T-shirt, plates, cap, mouse pads, coffee mugs, handbag, puzzles, and more using transfer products. (With some exceptions and fabrics working better than others).

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Once done transferring the image to the end product, it’s become an excellent customised gift that can be use and distributed during special occasion or as a way to get extra income. There are many types of heat transfer machine in the gift industry.  For instance, you can’t print an image onto mugs and cap using the same machine.

Not just selecting the right heat transfer machine is crucial, but you also need to know which types of paper and inks suitable to use in heat transfer printing.  In the table below, we share an example the different printing methods for personalised gift printing business.

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You must also know the procedures to use the heat transfer machine and heat transfer paper in order to making a gift product.  As mention above, not every gift product share same machine, inks and paper.  This also applied to the combination of the heat and pressure.  Every instruction must be followed carefully to ensure you can successfully transfer the image onto the product.  Otherwise, you need to re-do again and it will increase to cost of productions.

Basic instruction for heat transfer printing are as follows:

  1. 96Preheated the heat press machine.
  2. Set the machine according to the instructed pressure: low, medium, or high.
  3. Place and positions the transfer paper accordingly
  4. Pressed and heat follows the guidelines time given
  5. When it is removed from the press, according to the guidelines you can peel it carefully.

Always test out some samples when using either a new machine, new transfer or new material such as a T-shirt or fabric type to ensure you can reproduce the correct temperature and pressure consistently. With these guidelines, you’ll be off to a great start in producing some terrific looking products whatever your line consists of, whether you’re selling shirts, mugs, caps or other items, and best of luck with your new heat printing business!!

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